We live in a world of information overload. The words “breaking news” flash across the screen of your smart phone multiple times a day telling your brain that you are in immediate danger and to Pay Attention. Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations. When you hit overload, your brain has the reaction of fight, flight, freeze, or faint. The reaction is useful if you about to be attacked or a tornado rages in your direction, but few of the problems you may have can be solved by your fight, flight, freeze, or faint response.
Even in emergency situations, solutions often require calm and deliberate thought and action. Think of Captain Sullenberger, the pilot who lost both engines after taking off and had little time to come up with a solution to land the airplane safely. Because he was an expert pilot and had been trained to remain calm in the face of an emergency, he was able to override his stress response and determine a complicated and novel solution, which saved the lives of everyone on board by landing the plane in the Hudson River. Even though most of us are not in that level of emergency situation, we have many decisions to make on a daily basis. Reactive thinking seldom leads to effective solutions. Based on the latest neuroscience and cognitive research, The Worry-Free Mind is a guide to help people not only avoid the suffering which occurs in a constant state of overload, but teaches people how to remain in the “zone” mentally and make better responses to multiple life challenges.
The book begins with real life stories about how we have taught people to interrupt worry patterns, which arise from acute and chronic stress. We then teach the reader how to inoculate against stress reactions. An example of one of the exercises that really work, is to give yourself a number when you think about what is stressful on a scale of 1-10, 10 being high in stress. Under stress, the brain’s blood flow to the hemispheres is unequal, and this makes you have more worry thoughts. By tossing a ball back and forth, 6-8 times across the midline, the number comes down. When you continue tossing the ball until you move yourself down to a 1, blood flow is equalized, and you feel better. Think about the stressful topic again. If your number goes up, repeat the exercise until it stays at a 1. The book ends by teaching readers how to live in states of thriving more frequently by practicing states of “flow.” When you learn how to make your brain work better for you, you can dissolve worry and live a life full of possibility.
The Worry-Free Mind just Came out in both paperback and ebook. Order on Amazon.
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